[kids-lib] Frustrated by outcome based evaluation? Project Outcome for public libraries is a no-cost resource that may help!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Nov 13 15:30:09 PST 2015

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, then Project Outcome might be right for your public library!

*         Do you have anxiety about conducting a proper outcome based evaluation?

*         Does your public library need to do outcome based evaluation, but you don't have the time or resources to do it from scratch?

*         Are you struggling to find a good survey tool to gather information about your programs for outcome based evaluation reports?

*         Are you unsure how to effectively analyze and present the results of an outcome based evaluation?

*         Are you considering paying to subscribe to Impact Survey?

Project Outcome is free for public libraries until at least 2017 (maybe longer!) and also gives public libraries free access to Impact Survey.

Learn more: https://www.projectoutcome.org/

Interested in trying Project Outcome? Talk with your library director about it. All public library directors should have received this email on 11/5/2015.

If you want more information about how Project Outcome aligns with what's going on in the Oregon public library community, read on! If not, skip the rest of this email.

Project Outcome evaluates four desired outcomes across seven types of library services and programs. The four outcomes evaluated are patrons' changes in 1) knowledge, 2) skills, 3) behavior, and 4) attitude as a result of using library services. The seven library service areas these four outcomes are evaluated in are:

*         Civic/community engagement

*         Digital inclusion

*         Early childhood literacy

*         Economic development

*         Education and lifelong learning

*         Job skills

*         Summer reading

As an Oregon public library, you might use Project Outcome to conduct outcome based evaluations associated with:

*         Edge Initiative (digital inclusion, education and lifelong learning, job skills)

*         Ready to Read grant (early childhood literacy, summer reading)

*         Statewide databases (education and lifelong learning, job skills)

*         Optional: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grants (Project Outcome service areas would vary depending on your LSTA grant)

Questions about using Project Outcome for statewide programs? Contact:

*         Darci Hanning, darci.hanning at state.or.us<mailto:darci.hanning at state.or.us> (Edge Initiative)

*         Katie Anderson, katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us> (Ready to Read)

*         Arlene Weible, arlene.weible at state.or.us<mailto:arlene.weible at state.or.us> (Statewide Database Licensing Program)

*         Ann Reed, ann.reed at state.or.us<mailto:ann.reed at state.or.us> (LSTA)


Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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